By Jennifer Stanley
Photos by Brandy Strain

“Work and play are words used to describe the same thing under differing conditions.” ~ Mark Twain

Central Station in Conway has its own version of the old “chicken or the egg” debate.
“It has become the question of whether we are a gas station that sells food or a restaurant that sells gas,” laughed the owners, Phil and Diana Kirkland. As the area’s only full-service gas station, the Kirklands have tapped into a niche market.

By Leah Ashby
Photos by Brandy Strain

If you want the Red Carpet look this year for Valentine’s Day, then look no further than The Beauty Bar.
The Beauty Bar, located at 2455 Washington St., Suite 103 in Conway, is owned by Lauren Cook. Born and raised in Mount Vernon, Lauren married her high school sweetheart. They have two sons, ages five and one. Lauren, no stranger to small business, began working for her aunt and uncle at OK Corral Western Store when she was just a teen.

By Andrea Lennon
Photos by Brandy Strain

Jeff and Wendy Williams are excited to call Conway home. Jeff is the new senior pastor at Second Baptist Church in Conway. Second Baptist Church is located at 2600 Dave Ward Drive. Jeff and Wendy are easy to be around. They love Jesus, each other, and their family. Here is a quick peek into their life.

Where did you grow up? Do you have a favorite childhood memory?

WASHINGTON (AP) — What’s new when you file your taxes this year? Taxpayers without health insurance will face larger penalties, and those insured by their employers will get a new tax form. There also have been adjustments for inflation, and Congress extended expiring tax breaks, some permanently.
“The good news is that we finally have some certainty,” said Kathy Pickering, executive director of the TaxInstitute at H&R Block.

Year End Highlights Faulkner County:
It was another great year for Faulkner County homes sales overall. In 2015 home sales were up 4% in volume as compared to 2014 which was a very good year compared to the recent past. Pricing was up 6% on average in 2015 and we saw the average list to sale price drop from 97% to 97.5% or 2.5% negotiation.

Financing type in 2015 was:
• Cash 18%
• Conventional 41%
• FHA 22%
• VA 8%
• RD 7%
• Other 4%

By David Smith

Ah, February, the month noted for so many things. Do a Google search and you’ll soon discover a range of topics from “Adopt a Rescued Rabbit Month” to “Spunky Old Broads Month.” Really — look it up! Around here, of course, in February we all think of Valentine’s Day and those we love. I discovered some fun facts about kissing on CNN.com and thought you might find them interesting. Here is a light-hearted look at the Top 8 Health Benefits of Kissing.
• Reduce your blood pressure: Kissing helps to dilate your blood vessels, which may help lower your blood pressure.

By Angela Jackson

Skin Peel Benefits
A safe, non-toxic chemical solution is applied to your skin that gently polishes or resurfaces, removing the damaged top layers. A skin peel stimulates new cell growth and collagen production to effectively reveal younger-looking skin. Your skin will be noticeably smoother and fresher looking; a chemical peel reduces signs of sun damage, dull and uneven skin tone, scars, pigmentation, acne and enlarged pores. It improves skin texture and condition by removing dead and damaged skin cells, — your skin will be brighter and clearer.

Family, friends, and members of Alpha Sigma Tau Sorority and Sigma Tau Gamma Fraternity gathered to celebrate the life of Madelyn Grace Johnston at the Alpha Sigma Tau house on the campus of UCA. The patio of the recently built home was given in Madelyn’s memory by long-time family friend, Brad Lacy. TJ, Rachel, Sawyer, and Hank Johnston were present and led the celebration of Madelyn’s life. At the dedication, Rachel expressed her family’s gratitude to Uncle Brad as well as the UCA community. Rachel stated, “It is fitting that Madelyn is remembered here at UCA. This is where TJ and I met.

The eleventh annual Bethlehem House Valentine Gala and Auction will be held at 6 p.m., Friday, Feb. 5 at oneChurch in Conway.
“Last year’s event was a complete sell-out and this year will be better in every way with more live and silent auction items,” said Executive Director Judi Lively. “We are currently gathering live and silent auction items. Donating auction items is a great way for local businesses to show off the goods and services they offer, while supporting the ministry to the hungry and homeless.”

The 11th Annual Chase Race and Paws scheduled for Saturday, March 12, celebrates the life of Conway teen and his love of animals.
The race benefits Arkansas Children’s Hospital and Friends of the Conway Animal Shelter.
Taking place at Simon Park in Downtown Conway the two-mile RRCA state championship race awards $100 cash prize to any male or female who breaks the present course records. You can also join your pet in a one-mile race and enter the pet costume contest to parade your pets favorite outfit.

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